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Breathing Life into the Underwood Quonset Movie Theater

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A once small town theater is getting a makeover.

The Northern Expressions Arts Council in Underwood is renovating this Quonset style theater.
Tyler Demars who works on economic development in Underwood says this is one of only a few Quonset style theaters left in the country.

(Tyler Demars / Common Enterprise Development)" After world war 2 there was a lot of Quonset style materials and buildings laying around a lot of Quonset style theaters went up. This one was constructed in 1949. It operated as a movie theater until the early 1990s when it was closed and converted into cold storage."

Demars say a social gathering place for all ages in a small town is vital for the community.
This building will be the home to more than just screen shows.

(Tyler Demars / Common Enterprise Development) "The hope and the aspiration is that it is a movie theater, a performing arts center so it will have a screen and a stage built into the auditorium portion. Also there will be a space in there for a youth center. It will have games, shuffle board, pool tables maybe some video games, a few tables just to play cards and then an area for concessions also."

The goal is to have the theater open by April 2014.

 

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